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Coronavirus update

You can still travel to donate. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Please keep donating.

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Welcome Booklet

Everything you need to know before giving blood or platelets

We want your donation to be a pleasant experience.

Please read the whole of this booklet carefully if this is your first blood donation, you are returning after a break or commencing platelet donation. It explains the donation process, the importance of our health check questions for blood safety and the potential side effects of donating blood or platelets.

If you are a regular donor who has donated in the last two years, you need only read the following sections: Possible Consequences of Giving Blood or Platelets (pages 6 to 8) and Blood Safety Information (pages 10 and 11).

It’s important to read the booklet whenever you attend because advice does change.

Remember to bring your completed donor health check form with you, if you received one from us in the post.